More than 100 city workers, mostly members of municipal unions, appeared at the last regular meeting at
Her proposal would appear to give her more authority to change elements of the employees' plan.
Health-care benefits are now negotiated by the Public Employee Committee that includes a seat at the table for the mayor or her representative.
In a letter to her "colleagues," Holaday wrote, "It is unfortunate that misinformation was presented to union members and the public. The objective was and continues to be to negotiate changes that would be beneficial to the city, employees and retirees.
"Through the collective bargaining process, all health insurance negotiations were removed from individual union contracts and are negotiated by the Public Employee Committee which represents each union in the city."
Holaday said that important facts included:
- Since 2010, health insurance premiums have increased 46.2 percent and could increase another 5.3 percent for fiscal 2018.
- For someone on the HMO family plan, "
- The projected fiscal 2018 HMO increase alone results in a hike of more than
- Health insurance premiums are increasing by 6.7 percent per year on average over the past five years, and pension costs are increasing 5 percent per year.
- As an employee, your cost of living increases have been from 1 to 2 percent over the past five years and as a city, our budget increases about 3 to 4 percent each year.
She said, "The hope (in making a proposal to the council) was to open a dialog that would allow us to explore changes to the health-insurance plan as provided by the Municipal Health Insurance Reform Act."
City officials say there are about 1,700 municipal employees and retirees.
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